My husband, our #4 Daughter (the amazing Sara Marian), and I were talking the other day, and the conversation came around to intrusive computerization. Algorithms. Charlie complained that an author he was reading said computers–or, rather, algorithms–would know us better than we know ourselves. Charlie said maybe they would, considering how poorly we know ourselves. That maybe the algorithms would be closer to ideal.
And I said that depended on who programmed the algorithms.
That night, I began Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, RED MOON. In the first scene, he had one of his characters make that same point! But none of his characters replied what Charlie replied to me, which I think is one of the greatest lines of all time:
Algorithms tainted with Original Sin.
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